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Rays Vs. Yankees Preview: Rays Look To Open Season By Sweeping Yankees

The Tampa Bay Rays host the New York Yankees in the third game of their season opening series on Sunday. Friday saw Carlos Pena carry the team to a narrow win, hitting a grand slam and then the go-ahead single in the ninth. Saturday it was Luke Scott's turn, as he drove in three runs in the Rays' 8-6 victory. Dating back to last year, the Rays have won five straight home games against the Yankees. They look to continue that and open 3-0 for only the second time in franchise history. The Yankees, meanwhile, haven't started 0-3 since 1998.

Jeremy Hilickson takes the hill for the Rays, hoping that his regular season will start out smoother than his 9.0 ERA spring would indicate. Phil Hughes makes his first start for the Yankees, hoping to improve on last year's injury ridden 5-5 record. Hughes is 3-3 in six starts against the Rays. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:40 p.m.

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